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    Opinions/who carries a Security Six?

    Happy New Year folks! Just signed up to the forum right before Christmas, and have been researching my first handgun for about a month.

    I signed up myself and pop for our concealed course at the end of this month. (He has had his concealed permit before, but lapsed).

    I have recently been weighing options, reading posts and reviews, and generally racking my brain over the very common Glock/Springfield/S&W/Ruger/Etc. pieces. They all seem to be very good units.

    Recently Pop mentioned something along the lines of him buying a new gun, and giving/selling his Security Six .357 to me. It is probably an early 80's production model, blue, 4 inch....MAYBE 100 rounds fired.

    So, who daily carries one? Why? Would it be a good first handgun for going to the range and shooting alot of rounds for practice?

    Thanks in advance for any input!

    Rich

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    Great gun for the range. Forerunner of the GP-100 series, not quite as beefy though. To be honest with you I still wouldn't mind having one. At one time it was the issue weapon of many police departments.
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    My old man used to carry one, well...the fixed sighted version, speed-six. Wished I had it.
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    I probably owned the same gun at one time, a Ruger Security Six. I don't recall the barrel length, but it was certainly a late 1970s or early 1980s model.

    Frankly, for whatever reason, I couldn't hit anything with it, but I'm sure that was me, and not the gun.

    I kept it at home as HD, but loaded it up with .38 sp wadcutters.

    Eventually, I gave it to my wife's brother who still has it. I doubt it has been fired in many years, but I also bet it will still go boom.

    I think there are better carry guns for everyday. If I were camping somewhere I might want that along.

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    You won't regret taking your pop's security six. I owned one and carried it in the early 1980s. I parted with it as part of a trade deal for another gun. I wish I still had it. Less bulky than the GP100 and nice to carry and shoot.

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    I have a Security Six with the 2-3/4" barrel. I've carried it a few times, in a high-ride leather OWB holster with a thumbsnap.

    Pros: sights that Stevie Wonder could see; .357 freaking MAGNUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons: only SIX rounds of .357 Magnum; every bit the size of a mid-size 1911 or a full-size Glock -- and a little extra width thanks to the cylinder; you can hear the cartridges "click" when you walk.

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    Thanks for the responses guys. I am gonna take it out to shoot sometime next week, along with a springfield, glock, and a sig.

    I still don't know if i will end up with it, but if it works well for me, I don't see how I could really go wrong, and to be honest, I don't mind carrying a larger gun...I shot a friends glock 30 and absolutely hated it. I just couldn't hold on to the thing.

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    Oh, almost forgot....

    It's a GREAT gun!

    I just don't think it'd be a first choice for CCW. Stopping power for days, sure......but not if you're not carrying it because it's bulky, heavy or uncomfortable beyond what you're willing to deal with.

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    That's the exact handgun my dad inherited from his dad... A 4" Ruger Security Six (stainless steel). First pistol larger than a .22 I ever fired. And man I loved that revolver. Loved it.

    Granted, no idea how it works for carrying, and it was big. But it shot so well and it was a gorgeous pistol... Dad sold it a while back, alas.


    I share your distaste for the way Glock's feel -- no knock on Glock's, just not for me.

    Good luck! Keep us updated on your search. Picking a pistol and getting to know it is an enjoyable process.
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    I carry one 40% of the time IWB leather one clip not too uncomfertable & it's 4in. Keep stock grips on it disaperes about 4oclk JMO PS you won't shoot it out & can pass to kids

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    My first handgun purchase was a Security Six about 25 years ago - I still have it. Thoughts/observations:

    > Very well made, VERY accurate, heavy double action trigger, light/crisp single action.

    > The stock grips were skinny wood and IMO inadequate when shooting full house 357 rounds. I replaced them with Pachmayr rubber "oversize" grips and all was well. If your dad's revolver still has stock grips I recommend you do the same - then the Security Six is much more like a GP100.

    > I have never concealed carried it but have open carried on occasion. If you're OC then size isn't such a factor.

    > I've carried it as a backup and as my primary weapon while hog hunting. If a 357 is legal for hunting in your state (as it is in mine) and if you hunt that's another factor to consider.

    > It's a great revolver for developing skill in shooting a handgun. You can practice quite cheaply with 38 Special and carry self-protection 357 Magnum rounds. Also, if you have a small-stature Significant Other they may be more comfortable with 38's (like my wife is). She had never fired a handgun before we bought the Six, before long she was quite proficient - within a couple months she came within 4 points of qualifying Expert on the Navy course of fire.

    > It's a great house gun. Mine has rested in a quickly accessible lock box in the bedroom ever since I bought it. I concealed-carry a semi-auto, but it goes into the downstairs safe every night while the Six is always ready to go out of the bedroom.

    > Everyone who has shot it has been impressed. Just two days ago a buddy shot it for the first time. This guy has a safe full of Smith & Wesson revolvers, we first fired his 500 S&W ( ) then after he had fired several cylinders full of the Six he said, "Wow, I had no idea Rugers were that nice."

    > IMO you just can't go wrong in acquiring it. You may move on to semi-auto's for concealed carry or IDPA or whatever, but you'll always have the Six around like I do.

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    Carried one back in 1972...great firearm...one tuff cookie!

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    I have one that's in stainless ,I bought it in 1983 it has 4 inch barrel and great revolver and I just like the way it shoots.I replaced the wood grips to a set of cheap rubber grips which makes this much more comfortable handling recoil of 357.You'll never war this revolver out as it built to last forever.

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    I had a Police Six that I sold years (15+) ago and still regret it today
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    Security Six was my first duty sidearm.
    Light and accurate, never let me down even once.
    Would not feel under gunned with a Security Six as my sidearm!
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